No. 8 Non-Alcoholic Drinks
A few years ago, if you said you weren’t drinking, you’d be relegated to something overly sugary and fizzy. However, the past few years have seen some fabulous editions to the non-alcoholic market. Whether it’s low ABV beer or premium mixers there’s certainly a lot more choice for those designated drivers, pregnant or those who just simply don’t want the alcohol. Drinking in the sun with friends is great but we’re fans of responsible drinking and a non-alcoholic option is a great way to join in the fun without the hangover.
Our non and low alcoholic beer range keeps growing. Like the rest of our beer range, we like to swap and change things to keep it fresh. However, there are a few favourite that you all love. Thornbridge have a couple of non/low ABV beers, the Big Easy at 0.5% and the Zero five. Other favourites are the Infinite Sessions (both their IPA and Pale Ale are always popular) and Big Drop who only make non and very low alcohol beers. These guys offer a while range of beers, from hoppy styles to sours, right through to stouts which is great for those who still want some choice in their non-alcoholic options.
For those wanting non-alcoholic spirits, I would highly recommend Bax Botanics. Made in Yorkshire, they’re a great botanical infused alternative to gin or vodka. It’s made from pure, distilled water and organic botanicals, much like a gin. They aren’t technically gins as the don’t contain juniper or alcohol but are designed to be enjoyed with tonic and garnished as if it were a premium spirit. The also work well in virgin cocktails which you can find recipes for here. There’s two flavours, Sea Buckthorn which is earthy and spicy and Verbena which is light and citrusy. A warming flavour for the cold and refreshing flavour for the warm. There’s no added sugars or nasties making them very low in calories and a much healthy option too!
Finally, we’re very much here for premium mixers and soft drinks. Not only do they enhance our alcoholic beverages, they are now excellent non-alcoholic options. There’s a lot more care that goes in to these brands than your average soft drink; many are sourcing sustainable, high quality ingredients and processing them naturally. The result is a refreshing soft drink made with natural ingredients that tastes like someone has sat down and considered what will be going in to the drink. Perhaps as I’ve got older, I’ve become more aware of the what I’m actually putting in to my body and it’s made me think twice before picking up a can of Coke (although a Diet Coke when battling a hangover can work wonders). Or maybe I’ve developed a more sophisticated palate but, either way, premium soft drinks are a considered, grown up way of not drinking alcohol.